The Fourth Commandment
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy”
Question: What is the “sabbath day”?
Answer: It is a day set aside for rest and worship. Among Christians, Sunday is the traditional sabbath. For the early Hebrews, who were given this commandment, and Jews today, the
Sabbath is from sundown Friday until sundown on Saturday.
Christian Science does not demand that we set aside certain days on the calendar for rest and worship. It actually requires more! Our Sabbath can be daily, hourly, or whenever we “become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual.” (S&H 14)
However, we also have to do our work, in order to earn our Sabbath moments. Mary Baker Eddy tells us:
“There remaineth, it is true, a Sabbath rest for the people of God; but we must first have done our
work, and entered into our rest, as the Scriptures give example.” (Mis. 216)
We should not judge others with regard to whether or not they seem to observe the Sabbath by attending a church. We cannot fully know what is in a person’s heart, and how they worship God within. In fact, Paul brought this up in his letter to the Colossians:
“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come.”
Paul indicates here that the Sabbath is but a “shadow” of the true sense of divine service and worship.
Practice: No matter how busy we may be, we need to include time in our lives devoted to prayer and service to God and man. Think about how you can do this.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments” Copyright 2001)
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